For decades, members of St. John’s have been deeply engaged in the community around us. Our members have a passion for direct personal service and relationships, broader systemic change, and the pursuit of justice for individuals and whole communities. Guided by the Baptismal Covenant, we aim “to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being.”

Our members demonstrated for Civil Rights and nuclear disarmament in the 1960s, created a chemical dependency recovery program in the 1970s and became a resource for AIDS ministry in the 1980s. In the 2000’s and 2010’s, members played important leadership and organizing roles related to public policy advocacy on a variety of issues including affordable housing, immigration, anti-racism and same-sex marriage.

Today, work on those issues continues, with a greater focus on building partnerships and personal relationships that help us bridge differences of race, class, culture, and opportunity. Our Centennial Fund for Social Justice is a great example of this. The members of the Justice and Service Committee, some of whose “day jobs” are in the field, bring extraordinary knowledge and passion to this ministry.

Justice & Service Committee

The Justice & Service Committee meets bi-monthly. These meetings serve as valuable touch points for the leaders of the various ministries, time to reflect on new initiatives and strengthen existing ones, as well as manage the fiduciary responsibilities of St. John’s social justice funds.  Contact the office to be connected with this group.

4th Sunday Offering

Every fourth Sunday of the month we pass a second offering basket during the services to collect donations that are dedicated to local food and housing ministries.  Each year we donate $2200 each to the following ministries: TRUST, Urban HomeWorks, Our Saviour’s Shelter, First Nations Kitchen, and Joyce Food Shelf. Your generosity is very much appreciated!

Justice & Service at St. John’s
Justice & Service at St. John’s

They say a mind once stretched will never return to its original dimensions. We believe the same to be true for the heart.

Our members have passion for direct personal service and relationships, broader systemic change, and the pursuit of justice for individuals and whole communities.

Justice & Service Events
March 5, 2020
  • Racial Justice Book Group

    March 5, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Library

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March 8, 2020
  • First Nations Kitchen

    March 8, 2020  1:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    First Nations Kitchen

    Every Sunday, First Nations Kitchen offers a free meal to the community. The church relies on volunteers to prepare the food, serve, and cleanup. We will have a sign up in the Gathering Space a few weeks prior to the weekend. For more information, contact JoAnn Blatchley or 952-922-0308. For more information about First Nations Kitchen, check out their website.

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March 12, 2020
  • Racial Justice Book Group

    March 12, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Library

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March 14, 2020
  • Affordable Housing workday

    March 14, 2020  8:30 am - 3:00 pm

    St. John’s work crews work the second Saturday every month. The tasks range from demolition, carpentry, painting, cleaning, and yard work, so there is work available for every skill level. The typical work day starts at 8:30 and ends around 3 pm (lunch is provided). New volunteers are always welcome for either site construction work or the lunch crew. For more details and to sign up, please contact John Corlett.

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  • Guatemala Fundraiser

    March 14, 2020  3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Uptown VFW

    Doors open at 3pm Music from 4-6pm
    Uptown VFW, 2916 Lyndale Ave S
    Tickets $25 at the door

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